The Jets and OUtflows Revealing the Nature and Evolutions of huge YSOs (JOURNEY) Undertaking goals to higher perceive Excessive Mass Star Formation (HMSF). It is usually a collaborative undertaking the place graduate, undergraduate, and high-school college students can work collectively to be taught extra about astronomy and the way astronomical analysis is finished. The origin of huge stars is advanced and nonetheless not absolutely understood, so JOURNEY took a multi-scale method, the place a variety of areas and phenomena had been examined to higher perceive HMSF as a complete.
The varied areas of a protostellar jet. Credit score: Tatiana Rodríguez.
Tatiana Rodríguez, a graduate pupil at New Mexico Tech, offered a variety of findings from the JOURNEY Undertaking. For instance, utilizing information from the Arecibo telescope, and B and D configuration observations from the Very Giant Array (VLA), Tatiana studied molecular outflow areas of a high-mass protostar. Molecular flows are seen in areas better than a parsec away from the protostar. She noticed broad absorption strains from hydroxide molecules. These strains had been blue-shifted, indicating they had been a part of the circulate. Tatiana additionally noticed broad emission strains attributable to ions recombining with electrons. Collectively, this means the molecular outflow is being ionized from the within out by a newly shaped HII area.
This work exhibits how huge protostars can considerably have an effect on the encircling atmosphere, which impacts each astrochemistry and the formation of different stars. Tatiana offered this work at AAS 242.